Reasons for Exemption
a) The Project is consistent with the applicable general plan designation and all applicable general plan policies as well as with applicable zoning designation and regulations.
The project site is zoned CG (General Commercial) consistent with the underlying GC (General Commercial) General Plan land use designation. The City’s 2040 General Plan identify retail stores and service stations as typical uses within the land use designation. The zoning ordinance allows service stations and other variety store sales uses as a permitted use, subject to administrative review and approval.
b) The proposed development occurs within city limits on a project site of no more than five (5) acres substantially surrounded by urban uses.
The site is located within City limits on an approximate 0.32-acre site, and thus, is less than the maximum five acres specified in Section 15332(b) for this exemption. Land to the north, south, and west has been developed.
c) The Project site has no value as habitat for endangered, rare, or threatened species.
The site is vacant and contains non-native, weedy grasses and has been disturbed. The site is surrounded by urban development and contains no sensitive habitat for special status species. Thus, the project site has no value for endangered, rare or threatened species.
d) Approval of the Project would not result in any significant effects relating to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality.
Approval of the project would not result in any significant effects, related to traffic, noise, air quality or water quality. Development of the project will be subject to conditions of approval which are intended to assist the site, once developed, to operate in a compatible manner with surrounding land uses.
e) The site can be adequately served by all required utilities and public services.
The project has been reviewed by City staff, and can be adequately served by all required utilities and public services.
Furthermore, none of the exceptions to Categorical Exemptions set forth in CEQA Guidelines Section 15300.2. do not apply to this project.